So much has been given to me through music and it was time to give back.
Dennis McCullough is a proud native Texan. Born in Victoria, he has lived in several cities around the Lone Star State including Garland, where he now resides.
Music found Dennis at an early age and by elementary school he was singing and excelling at multiple musical instruments. He continued to progress throughout his youth and earned a music scholarship to Tarleton State University where he received the prestigious “Music Major of the Year” award in his sophomore year, and went on to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education.
“I felt like I was excelling and really enjoying music,” Dennis said. “Yet, in teaching music, how parents would interact with the teachers and their own children kind of turned me off. So, I shied away from music for a while.”
While he focused on other endeavors, music and the desire to sing always burned in the background. Eventually Dennis joined a local men’s choir, and a church group choir. In doing so, his love of music and drive to mentor others, returned.
He now serves as Talent Coordinator on the Miss Richardson/Miss Allen/Miss Fairview Board of Directors where he volunteers his time and talent to help young ladies with their vocal skills in regional Miss Texas competitions. Those competitions result in college scholarships, which Dennis relates to his own experience.
“So much has been given to me through music and it was time to give back,” he said. “Music has this rewarding give and take. I was awarded a music scholarship and now I am helping these young ladies earn scholarships of their own.”
Music has also led Dennis to perform with, “The Fort Worth Men’s Chorus” and “Resounding Harmony”, a philanthropic choir now in its sixth season. He has served as a deacon in his church and in various ministries within the church, which naturally includes the church choir. He has been a featured soloist at “The Meyerson Symphony Hall” in Dallas and has also performed at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Dennis also volunteered for several years with DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids) at its many annual fund raising events, and as an annual “bell ringer” for the Salvation Army as well as volunteer in their distribution center as a representative for his employer, DAVACO.
“I don’t know where the future will take me in volunteering, everything just kind of intertwines and you network and meet new people with new connections,” he said. “You continue to do your thing never knowing what other doors are hiding out there and when they will open.”
Dennis will be onboard with his partner and Cabot Celebrity Award cruise alum Joseph Henderson.